"Promoting Climate Change Adaptation through Resilient and Sustainable Agricultural Practices in the Medina Bank Community".
Climate Change is causing variable and unusual weather patterns in the Medina Bank community, which is located in the Toledo district, Belize, both during dry and rainy season. This is reducing the village’s food production capacity as farming techniques that are seasonal and very dependent on weather predictability. Predicted climate change risks in this area of Belize include more irregular, reduced and unpredictable rain patterns, combined with higher temperatures. This project was designed to, first of all, increase Medina Bank’s awareness on Climate Change and its effects on present and future generations. It will also provide with technical assistance, trainings and materials for Medina Bank farmers to implement resilient farming techniques such as cacao and coffee based agroforestry, corn Inga alley cropping and organic backyard gardening. Agroforestry and corn Inga alley cropping are resilient to climatic variations as they help conserve the soil and create micro-climatic conditions that buffer changes in weather. These techniques also help stabilize land use and prevent further deforestation in surrounding areas, helping keep standing forests intact so that they can continue to provide communities with essential ecosystem services such as clean water, food (such as game meat), , erosion control, sediment retention, non-timber forest products, local climate regulation and cloud formation, which are necessary to cope with predicted Climate Change effects for this area. Organic back yard gardens will bring food production closer to the village, which is relatively far away from the most fertile lands, and will make the village less dependent on outside inputs of vegetables. Finally, fire management trainings will reduce the amount of forest lost to escape fires due to slash and burn traditional agriculture, which reduce risks in longer and dryer dry seasons. This project will also be crucial in the capacity building of the community based group “Protectors of the Corridor”, who have been essential in the design of the project and community participation, and will be co-managing the project together with Ya’axche Conservation Trust staff.
Ya'axche Conservation Trust
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Build Awareness of how communities are being affected by Climate Change, and how to build resiliency.
Capacity - Building Component
Fire management skills
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